This week looks like a pretty stellar one for trades, so let’s start there. Image has not one, not two but three different graphic novels this week that are worth a look (I just wish they didn’t all come out on the same day). First up is Iron West by Doug TenNapel, the man behind Earthworm Jim, Earthboy Jacobus and Creature Tech … a great portfolio for a phenomenal talent.
Next up is The Cobbler’s Monster, from the fine folks at Beckett. Continuing in the tradition of mashing together fairy tales with different genres, this one combines the tales of Pinocchio and Frankenstein. Lastly you have the Bomb Queen trade; unfortunately I missed the mini-series the first time around, but luckily I have a second chance.
If your wallet isn’t empty after that, there are a few “floppies” worth picking up as well, including the debut of Oni’s Wasteland, the first issue of Image’s Task Force One and the last issue of Spider-Girl, who made it all the way to issue 100 thanks to the tenacity of her fans. Hopefully it won’t be the last we see of her; if the “surprise announcement” noted in the solicitation copy is any indication, I have a feeling it won’t be.
Now let’s hear the rest of the Blog@ Acapella Choir sing a few bars of “Here’s What Looks Good.” Hum along if you know the tune …
Kevin Melrose’s Pick of the Week:
I haven’t read any of the core X-Men books in … a while, so I’m a little surprised to be looking forward to X-Men #188. But I’ll chalk that up to the new creative team of Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo — and the appearance of childhood favorites Northstar and Aurora on the cover. I typically enjoy Carey’s writing, and I’m fascinated by Bachalo’s beautiful/quirky/grotesque art, so I can overlook the unlikely team lineup — Mystique, Sabretooth and Cable, really? — and have faith in the creators. Plus, did I mention Northstar and Aurora?
Tom Bondurant’s Pick of the Week:
Hero Squared #2. As much as I like the thought of Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco on Superman, and as much as I enjoy Stuart Moore and Jamal Igle’s Firestorm, the Hero Squared team has been so consistently entertaining that I always look forward to the next installment.
Shane Bailey’s Pick of the Week:
It’s kind of a boring week, so I’m going to go with Alter Ego #60. If your interested in superhero comics history Two Morrows Publishing is a great place to find a lot of different magazines about the subject. This issue focuses on the Flash’s 50th Anniversary.
Lisa Fortuner’s Pick of the Week:
Finally, Green Lantern ships, during the same week as GLC, so I’ll be bringing both of those home and little else this week.
JK Parkin’s Pick of the Week:
I’m going to go with Iron West, for the reasons I named above.
What are you looking forward to this week? Check out the Diamond shipping list and let us know!